Youth Café creates friendly space for young people in Ballybofey
22 March 2016
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Planet Youth is a youth drop-in centre in Ballybofey, Co. Donegal which aims to support young people by providing a relaxed, friendly place for them to hang out.
Recently at an official launch ceremony, young people, youth workers and members of the community celebrated the opening of Planet Youth’s new ‘Youth Café’ made possible by a grant to Donegal Youth Service of approximately €49,700 from the Youth Café programme which Pobal administers on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA).
Charlene Logue, Youth Outreach Manager with Donegal Youth Service said: “The funding received via the Youth Café programme has enabled us to provide a safe, drug and alcohol free space for young people in the area which would not have been possible without this grant. Planet Youth is one of our flagship youth drop in centres and has been providing youth services for young people across the Finn Valley for over 30 years. This grant enabled us to refurbish the premises and replace equipment and I thank the young people of the youth committee for their hard work and dedication in bringing this to fruition.  I would also like to acknowledge and thank the DYCA and Pobal for their patience and assistance.”
In addition to providing a recreational space, ‘Youth Cafés’ provide a range of supports to young people ranging from practical support to advice on issues they may be facing.
The Cafés make it easier for young people to access the supports they need because they offer a variety of interesting and involving activities at times that suit.
Pobal administers the Youth Café programme on behalf of the DCYA. Our role in this programme ranges from managing the initial applications process, appraising the applications and making recommendations for funding, through to contracting with the approved applicants and managing the payment of their grants.
In 2015 a total of €478,843 was distributed to 34 organisations through the Youth Café Programme.